This Week at Thoreau

This Week at Thoreau

January 20 – January 27

If you are a federal employee who has been impacted by the federal shutdown and you are struggling to pay your bills, please speak to Rev. Dr. Bossen or Rev. Dr. King.  First Church will do what it can assist you.

Sunday, January 20

Adult Discussion Group: – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Quakers and Quaker Values

Presented by Kimberly Nelson of Live Oak Friends Meeting (Houston)

Quakers believe in that Light that enlightens all who come into this world (John’s gospel), so that our worship, our daily lives, and the conducting of our Meeting’s business is guided by the spirit of the Inner Light.  We seek to interact with others from that perspective, and to live our lives according to the Quaker testimonies of integrity, equality, simplicity, and peace.

Sunday Celebration: – 10:45 a.m.

The Moral Arc of the Universe

Martin Luther King, Jr. often said, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

His words were inspired by the nineteenth-century abolitionist Unitarian minister Theodore Parker.  The sentiments of both men suggest a certain faith in the inherent tendency of human society to move towards justice.  In this service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday we’ll ask: What if King and Parker are both wrong?

The Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen will join us via live streaming.

Outreach Offering:  Toothbrushes (Children’s Dental Hygiene Month)

Wednesday, January 23

Adult Enrichment: – Noon-1:30 p.m.

The Group will meet at the Wieck’s. All are welcome. Bring your own lunch.  We’ll discuss chapter 1 of “Justice on Earth”, the UUA Common Read for 2018-2019.  “Fourteen activist ministers and lay leaders apply a keen intersectional analysis to the environmental crisis, revealing ways that systems of oppression intersect with and contribute to ecological devastation.”  Available from the UUA book store and from Amazon:

All are welcome to help choose the next topic.  Bring your own lunch.  Iced tea provided.

Contact: Janice Milo,, or Ron Masters, (832) 260-1497,

Sunday, January 27

Adult Discussion Group: – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Texas has a “broken” foster care system.

Presented by: Richard and Dan

U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack of Corpus Christi said the state of Texas violated the Constitution by keeping about 12,000 youngsters for years in an underfunded and poorly run system “where rape, abuse, psychotropic medication and instability are the norm.”  Come hear thirteen-year foster parent veterans Richard and Dan’s first-hand knowledge of the broken Department of Family Protective Services (CPS) system in Texas.

Sunday Celebration: – 10:45 a.m.

Mending Wall: Necessary Boundaries?

In today’s service, Assistant Minister Rev. Dr. Dan King will share reflections on current practical and theological implications for Unitarian Universalists from his reading of two poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay and Robert Frost.

Outreach Offering:  Toothpaste (Children’s Dental Hygiene Month)

Explore Unitarian Universalism Workshop Series: 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Thoreau – Richmond campus will be offering a series of workshops on Unitarian Universalism.

Everyone is welcome to any or all of the workshops.

The workshops are especially designed to acquaint newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, First UU Church, and the meaning of membership, but even seasoned members will enjoy the engaging activities and be able to deepen their connection to our faith and to each other.

Come with your questions, personal experiences, and open mind!

Workshops will be held on the 3rd or 4th Sunday of each month, after services from 12:15 to 1:30 pm.

January 20 – Workshop A:  How we Worship (Rev. Dan will help lead this workshop)

February 24 – Workshop B:  UU Roots and the Story of our Congregation

March 17 – Workshop C:  The Meaning of Membership at First UU Church

March 24 – Workshop C:  Make-up session (March 24): The Meaning of Membership at First UU Church

New members should attend Workshop C and join by April 2 if you wish to vote at the June Annual Congregational Meeting.

The Exploring UU Workshops will continue throughout the Spring and Summer if there is interest.

Future topics include Social Justice, Lifespan Faith Development, Covenant and Congregational Governance.

Please RSVP to so we can provide enough handouts and set-up to accommodate the group.

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